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2003 Montrose Bordeaux Blend - France - Bordeaux - St Estephe - Red - Second Growth

France - Bordeaux - St Estephe

Red Bordeaux Blend - Second Growth
Producer Notes

Located in the heart of the Saint-Estephe appellation, Second Growth classified Chateau Montrose has been in the hands of the Charmoule family for over 100 years. The family has continued to follow age-old winemaking traditions of the Medoc with spectacular results. The vineyards also benefit from the mild microclimate created by the nearby Gironde estuary, which helps temper the climate,... More »

WA 99
JR 17.6
IWC 96
WS 95
Drink Dates
Comm: 2012-2032 WA: 2015-2040 WS: 2011+
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750ml $295.00

IWC 96
Source International Wine Cellar
Issue Issue 126

($175-$250) Good medium-deep ruby-red. Superripe, roasted aromas of black raspberry, chocolate and licorice. Wonderfully dense, sweet and lush, with an early roundness rare for this wine. A monumental St. Estephe with almost confectionery sweetness. Wonderfully horizontal, palate-saturating wine with huge but thoroughly ripe, lush tannins. It's hard to believe that a wine this rich and deep could be carrying just 13.2% alcohol. The only thing missing here is the floral topnote of 2005, but that's a quibble in this baking-hot vintage, as Montrose's cooler, water-retentive clay-rich soil handled the extreme heat and drought as well as any chateau in the Bordeaux region. The final blend is 63% cabernet sauvignon, 33% merlot, 3% cabernet franc and 1% petit verdot.

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JR 17.6
Source Jancis Robinson
Drink Dates 2010-2020

Dense and rich and with lots of vibration. Velvety. Good triumph over the vintage character. (Average group score: 17.6)

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WA 99
Source Wine Advocate
Issue 214
Drink Dates 2015-2040

A candidate for a perfect score, the 2003 Montrose has been a superstar since the first time I tasted it in barrel. Showing no signs of weakening, it is an amazing wine from this fabulous terroir. It boasts a deep blue/purple color as well as a stunning perfume of blueberries, black currants, blackberries, licorice and camphor. Dense, full-bodied and rich with an unctuous texture, well-integrated, melted tannins, and a long, heady finish, this big, brawny, super-intense, gorgeous 2003 is just beginning to enter its plateau of full maturity. It should remain there for at least two decades.

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WS 95
Source Wine Spectator
Drink Dates 2011+

Dark color. Aromas of blackberry, toasted oak, spice and tobacco. Loads of plum. Medium- to full-bodied, with very integrated and refined tannins. Long. This really builds on the palate. This is better than the 2000 and 1990. Only time will tell if it's better than the 1989. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 15,830 cases made.

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Author polochon
Site / Blog   Trust Rating
Tasted On 12/11/2013


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Author Daddy
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 96.667%
Tasted On 12/09/2012
Drink Dates 2012-2032

Still quite a young wine but beginning to open. Opened for 6 hours, decanted. An excellent example of Montrose with dark fruit, indigo color, a strong tannic backbone, showing casis, tabacco, a bit of asian spice. Has miles to go.

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Author kyball
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 91.429%
Tasted On 07/14/2012
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Author Stephen G41
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 96.214%
Tasted On 10/02/2011
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Author Kiki
Site / Blog  Trust Rating 97.778%
Tasted On 06/27/2011
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completley insipid wine. thin, over rated, no fruit, dumb.

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Author taipanli
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 97.009%
Tasted On 08/23/2010

Far too young. Still in development. Tannins still dominate but structure is clearly present. Not an unpleasant drink at this stage but this needs at least another 5 years. No score.

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Author VinoDeparture
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 98.753%
Tasted On 05/14/2010
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Author dave1161
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 13.399%
Tasted On 12/24/2008
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Author Brad Coelho
Site / Blog Unidentified Appellation Trust Rating 97.154%
Tasted On 06/18/2008
Drink Dates 04/01/2008

The big leagues have officially named their captain. Brooding nose of bay leaf, grilled meat, spicebox, purple fruits, currants and tobacco were surreal in their purity and penetration. What a powerfully FULL body! Rich, cashmere textures surrounded leather and mocha coated black currant fruit in seamless fashion. Phenomenal weight, symmetry and grace.

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Author John Hunt
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Tasted On 10/09/2005
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Created  Dec 22, 2009
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